Women go to great lengths to improve their skin texture and remove the fine lines and wrinkles that make them look so much older than they actually are. The secret to youth is collagen and elastin that keep skin healthy, strong, firm and elastic. Very often the buildup of free radicals, caused by unhealthy diets, exposure to the sun and other factors, is responsible for destroying collagen, causing skin to shrink and wrinkle.
There are many anti-aging creams and treatments that profess to boost collagen and bring back youth to the skin, but the one that's doing rounds just now is Skin Needling or Collagen Induction Therapy that's said to be suitable to any kind of skin type and all areas of the neck, hands and face.
Microneedles ranging from 0.5mm to 1.5mm in length are used while performing skin needling, which is also known as derma rolling. Here the needles are applied to the skin directly; the needles puncture the skin in an effort to stimulate collagen and produce elastin.
The logic that works here is like this: when the skin is punctured, the skin automatically tries to heal itself and in the process produces those wonder proteins that rejuvenate the skin. This treatment is found to be successful to treat scars and also stretch marks. When the needles puncture the skin, blood spots occasionally may appear. The aim of puncturing the skin is to trick it into making the damaged collagen come into contact with blood plasma. When this happens, it triggers the production of more collagen. You do not need to intentionally bleed the skin to get results. Ensure you use a high quality dermaroller- as bad ones will damage the skin
The effects of skin needling depend upon the length and gauge of the needles used and also the pressure applied. Derma rollers that have short needles - 0.2mm or 0.3mm are mostly used for exfoliation and to increase circulation—it's more like a face massage but it does not induce collagen like the 0.5mm. The longer, thinner needles from 1.0 mm or 1.5 mm upwards are the ones that cause the skin to break and produce spots of blood. Necessarily then, the risk of injury and infection is greater with these
Skin needling can be done in an ordinary home setting and the best part is you don't require costly equipment. It is being seen as an alternative to laser treatment as the risks are minimum. Although microneedling can be used all over the body, the main areas that are usually targeted are the face, chest and neck.
A word of caution though---do exercise care while using dermarollers as skin needling can compromise the skin to great degrees. Cleaning the skin thoroughly and using products to calm and soothe the skin post and pre- needling does go a long way in reducing the possible risk of infection. Make sure you use the correct technique to get the best results and also the best equipment.
Although one doesn't see resounding success after skin needling, this minimally invasive skin procedure has produced good results, especially in cases involving scarring, hair loss, stretch marks, anti aging and acne.
Although three or four treatments (with gaps in between treatments) seem to be the ideal suggested, for a wrinkle-free face, you need to keep at it—it's a long-time commitment and requires patience—so don't expect results overnight. But do expect long term consistent improvement in your skin, as you build more collagen after each treatment!
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